About Us

Max received the City of Hamilton Arts Award for Dance in 2008, the Vancliffen Arts Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, and was appointed Dean of the International University of Ballet Arts for North America. Max is the recipient of the 2015 Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club – Paul Harris Fellowship Award for his artistic contributions to the community. Max is a member of CID – UNESCO and an Honorary Member of the Vancliffen Arts Foundation.

Max Ratevosian – Co-Founder & Artistic Director

Max Ratevosian graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia and from the State University of Lunacharsky G.I.T.I.S. in Moscow with a degree major of Ballet Master, Teacher and Choreographer.

During his 20-year tenure at the Moscow State Ballet Theater, he was Principal Dancer, Teacher and Ballet Master. As a professor at the University of Shepkin, Theatrical Division, Max taught Stage Movement and Dance for Dramatic Arts. At the University of Luncharsky G.I.T.I.S., Theatrical Division in Moscow, he also taught Methodology for Classical Dance.

Max’s former students have become dancers in major ballet companies throughout Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Asia. While some have achieved great success in various international dance competitions in Moscow, Varna, Paris and Denmark.

In 1991, Max was invited to Canada to teach at L’Ecole Superieure de Danse du Quebec, in Montreal. Later he taught at the National Ballet School and the National Ballet of Canada, in Toronto, as well as McMaster University, in Hamilton. Over the years, he has been invited as a guest teacher to a variety of schools and companies throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.

Max has staged classical ballet productions such as Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Paquita, and Les Sylphides.

In 2001, Max co-founded the Hamilton City Ballet. In 2009, Max Ratevosian became Founder and Artistic Director of the Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts in Dundas, Ontario, an independent elementary and secondary day school with a special focus on the classical arts of ballet, music, vocal, and drama with an enriched academic curriculum.

Max is Artistic Director of the annual Nutcracker ballet presented in December at the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre in Hamilton.

Max received the City of Hamilton Arts Award for Dance in 2008, the Vancliffen Arts Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, and was appointed Dean of the International University of Ballet Arts for North America. Max is the recipient of the 2015 Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club – Paul Harris Fellowship Award for his artistic contributions in the community. Max is a member of CID – UNESCO and an Honorary Member of the Vancliffen Arts Foundation.

Melania is the recipient of the 2015 Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club – Paul Harris Fellowship Award for her artistic contributions to the community. In 2017, she received the City of Hamilton Arts Award for arts education and community arts. Melania is a member of CID – UNESCO, and an Honorary Member of the Vancliffen Arts Foundation.

Melania Pawliw ~ Co-Founder & Artistic Director

Melania Pawliw is a graduate of L’Ecole Superieure de Danse du Quebec and received her diploma in Dance from C.E.G.E.P. du Vieux-Montreal, in Montreal. She was a soloist and principal dancer with various classical ballet companies in Montreal and abroad.  In 1989, by invitation of the Minister of Culture of Ukraine, Melania performed with the Kiev State Opera and Ballet Theatre, and became the first Canadian to dance with the company.

Melania’s teaching career began as assistant to Olga Baltacheeva at The National Ballet School in Toronto. The next five years she taught at L’Ecole Superieure de Danse du Quebec in Montreal.

After moving to Hamilton, Melania co-founded the Hamilton City Ballet in 2001. In addition to teaching, Melania choreographs ballets for children such as The Four Seasons, Enchanted Flower, Carnival of Venice, Grandfather’s Story, Pinocchio, and Snow White.

From 2003 to 2009 Melania was also dance-educator for the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Learning Through the Arts program, for school boards across the regions of Niagara, Brant, Kitchener/Waterloo and Halton. Melania taught Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum subjects through movement and dance.

From 2005 to 2007 Melania was Ballet Mistress for the CBYE’s The Nutcracker ballet in Hamilton, working in partnership with the National Ballet of Cuba and Ballet Ouest de Montreal.

In 2009 Melania was a founding member and Associate Artistic Director of the Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts in Dundas, an independent day school offering elementary and secondary students the opportunity to pursue excellence in both the Performing Arts and Ontario Ministry of Education enriched academic curriculum.

In 2011, Hamilton City Ballet Dance for Parkinson’s was established, becoming the first ballet school in Canada to offer this innovative program. Melania is the head teacher of the program.

Melania is Artistic Director of the annual Nutcracker ballet presented in December at the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre in Hamilton.

Melania is the recipient of the 2015 Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club – Paul Harris Fellowship Award for her artistic contributions in the community. In 2017, she received the City of Hamilton Arts Award for arts education and community arts. Melania is a member of CID – UNESCO, and an Honorary Member of the Vancliffen Arts Foundation.

Jody Van de Klippe ~ HCB Dance for Parkinson’s Program Manager

Jody Van de Klippe holds an Honors Bachelors degree in Applied Science from the University of Guelph and a graduate diploma from McMaster University in Child Life Studies. Her former career as a Child Life Specialist lead Jody to working in world renowned hospitals, including Toronto’s The Hospital for Sick Children and Baltimore, Maryland’s Johns Hopkins Hospital. More recently, Jody has studied architecture and contributed to the Recommended Standards for Newborn ICU Design.

She has been dancing since a very young age and has training in classical ballet, from Cambridge Theatre Dance School and Hamilton City Ballet. Jody’s interest in ballet and live classical music and their combined effects on people with Parkinson’s Disease, inspired her to pursue launching Hamilton City Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s. Jody is the Program Manager for Dance for Parkinson’s and together with her experience in health care, she is able to develop and deliver a program that is sensitive to both the art and science behind Hamilton City Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s.

Amelia Wanderlingh ~ Ballet Teacher

A native New Yorker, Ms. Wanderlingh began her Ballet studies with Madame Maria Nevelska (Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow). Later after only two years of study she was accepted as a student at the famed Harkness House for the Ballet Arts in New York, under the direction of Patricia Wilde and where she studied with members of the famed faculty most importantly Leon Fokine, former Ballet Master of the Harkness Ballet and nephew of the famed Mikhail Fokine. Her performing experience has brought her to perform extensively throughout the United States and in Europe.

For her many accomplishments as an Artist and Dance Educator, she was honored with entrance into the Constantinian Academy of Letters, Arts and Sciences, based in the North America. In Europe for her contribution to universal culture, honored with entrance into the Mozart Academic Society for the Arts an organization supported by the Presidency of the Italian Republic by virtue of her achievements, in particular as a Master Teacher and her outstanding artistic successes as Prima Ballerina around the world. A Member of American Guild of Musical Artsis (AGMA) and a member in good standing of Dance Masters of America.

In 2004, upon her arrival in Canada she expanded her horizons and along with Dr. Fernando Milelli founded the Vancliffen Arts Foundation in order to better help and support the dreams of young artists and to insure new generations of students and dancers a high standard in Dance Education.

From the 2008 to the beginning of 2009, she was Artistic Consultant and Acting Artistic Director for the Quinte Ballet School of Canada one of the five professional schools in Canada. From 2009 Ballet Mistress for the Balletto di Lombardia directed by Madame Svetlana Pavlova.

In 2018 & 2019 Ms. Wanderlingh was Artistic Director for SORRENTO DANZA in Sorrento, Italy

Ms. Wanderlingh has been nominated as Director of the Ballet Faculty of the International University of Ballet Arts for North America and is a member of CID-UNESCO.

Nikolai Riabin ~ Ballet Teacher

Nikolai Riabin is a graduate of the Vaganova Ballet Academy, Saint Petersburg, Russia. As a professional dancer he performed with the Choreographic Miniatures, Malyi Theatre, and Eifman Ballet Company in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and with the Dnipropetrovsk Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre in Ukraine. Since moving to Canada, Mr. Riabin has been a ballet teacher and choreographer in many schools across Ontario and continues to enchant audiences with his stage performances, including Herr Drosselmeyer in the Nutcracker.

 

 

Masami Clarke ~ Ballet, Pilates & Yoga Teacher

Masami Clarke has been a Ballet teacher at Hamilton City Ballet since 2011.

She started dancing at age 5 at Mizuno Hiroko Ballet Academy in Kyoto, Japan, eventually completing its company apprenticeship program. She continued her dance training broadly from Classical Ballet, Jazz, to Tap, while at Santa Monica College and the University of California, Los Angeles, both on campus and at studios around Los Angeles.

In addition to dance training, Masami finished a year-long fitness instructor program at the UCLA John Wooden Center in 2007. As a certified yoga teacher and Fletcher Pilates® Licensed Provider, she also teaches yoga and Pilates at HCB.

Masami works with dancers of all ages—from pre-ballet to professional levels and adults—to improve strength and flexibility with various body-conditioning routines.

 

 

Vika Gresova ~ Ballet Teacher

Vika Gresova started her ballet journey at the age of 4 through the Centre for Development of Children and Youth in Russia and is a graduate of Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts. Studying at the Academy allowed her the opportunity to perform soloist roles in many ballets including Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio, Les Sylphides, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Cinderella, and the Nutcracker. In addition to ballet, Vika developed her experience in theatre, music, contemporary dance, and flamenco dance during her time at Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts.

Vika’s teaching journey began as an assistant teacher for Hamilton City Ballet and later taught for the Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts summer camp. In addition to being a full-time Social Science student at McMaster University, Vika’s passion as a ballet teacher at Hamilton City Ballet remains in helping students grow and learn in a way that is creative, fun and exciting.

 

 

Macy Timofejew ~ Contemporary Dance Teacher

Macy Timofejew is a professional dancer, choreographer, and certified acrobatic arts instructor.  She was a competitive dancer for 16 years and is currently a Mohawk college student in Health, Wellness & Fitness.  She has completed a Certificate program from Intrepid Dance Company in Toronto.

She has trained with prestigious choreographers such as Derek Piquette, Mitchell Jackson, Alisha Lucchese, Jordan Clarke, Briar Nolet, Shawn Desmond, Miguel Ramirez, Andrea Crans and Tiffany Beveridge. She has also choreographed and collaborated with Canadian artist,  Q Benjamin and was a back up dancer for Canadian artist Reve at the Juno Awards pre show.

 

Dylan Vandemaele ~ Hip Hop Teacher

Dylan Vandemaele is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Hamilton, Ontario. He found his passion for dance as a teen and has since been heavily involved with Hamilton’s street dance scene, and at Defining Movement Dance where he continues to train alongside the International Dance Mentorship (R2D) with world renowned choreographers such as Gina Michaels, Buddha Stretch, Ray Basa and more. Dylan is a lover of all styles in street dance, but specializes in Hip-Hop choreography, and Funk Styles (Popping, Locking). You may catch Dylan at one of the Hamilton Honey Badgers (Hamilton’s professional basketball team) home games during the half time shows as he is one of the choreographers and dancers on the team. Outside of dance Dylan is also an actor, videographer, graphic designer and upcoming photographer.